Call for Workshop Proposals

Submission is now over!

The ECML PKDD 2015 Organizing Committee invites proposals for workshops to be held on the first and last days of the conference, which will take place in Porto, Portugal from September 7th to 11th, 2015. We invite proposals for full-day workshops in relevant and current topics in Machine Learning and Data Mining. The scope of the proposal should be consistent with the conference themes as described in the ECML PKDD 2015 Call for Papers

Workshops provide an opportunity to discuss current topics in a small and interactive atmosphere. They can concentrate in-depth on research topics, or be devoted to application issues, or to questions concerning the economic and social aspects of machine learning and data mining. Interdisciplinary workshops that bring together researchers and practitioners from different communities are especially welcome. We encourage workshops that bridge the gap between theoretical advances and important and/or innovative applications of machine learning and data mining.

We welcome both full and half day workshop proposals. Full day workshops will have a program of typically 8 hours including two 30-minute coffee breaks and a 90-minute lunch break. Half day workshops will have a 4 hours program with a 30-minute coffee break. We would like to encourage proposers to aim for a program that is both varied and interesting. Especially where the format of the workshop is concerned, we would like you to think about ways of going beyond the usual list of presentations of accepted papers, for example by means of panels, discussions, demo sessions and invited talks. Another way of extending the usual format is to include a specific challenge problem that can be addressed by the workshop participants, with a dedicated challenge session in the workshop program. Note that the challenge should be only one of the components of the workshop, targeting a problem which is specific to the workshop topic(s). Proposals focusing mainly on challenge problems should be submitted to the Discovery Track. For some workshops, it may be useful to first present an introduction to the state of the art in the field given by experienced invited presenters, and afterwards discuss more technical or novel work in a standard (or non-standard!) workshop setting.

In general, workshop proposals that show creativity as to the format will be judged favourably in the proposal selection. Furthermore, having ideas for follow-up to your workshop, for example a book or journal special issue, will help to attract more submissions and to make your workshop (proposal) a success.

We encourage workshops on novel and original topics, but also welcome successors to workshops that have been organized at ECML PKDD or a related conference in the past. For successor workshops, proposers should motivate how another instance of the workshop series will address novel developments in the respective research field, and should be able to show that the previous edition(s) were successful in terms of paper submissions and attendance.


Guidelines for proposals
Workshop proposals should contain the necessary information for the workshop chairs and reviewers to judge the importance, quality and community interest in the proposed topic (a minimum of 15-20 participants should seem feasible). Each workshop should have one or more designated organizers and a workshop program. When proposing a workshop, please provide (at least) the following information:

  • A brief description of the specific issues that the workshop will address, the reasons why the workshop is of interest in these times, the main research areas involved.
  • Contact information of the workshop chairs, their competence in the proposed topic(s) and previous experience in chairing scientific events.
  • A tentative list of Program Committee members.
  • A draft of the Call for Papers, including information on accepted formats (e.g. regular papers, extended abstracts, oral only presentations of relevant recently published or submitted contributions, etc.) and expected format of the workshop (e.g., invited talks, presentations, poster sessions, panel discussions, challenge sessions, or other ideas for ensuring an interactive atmosphere).
  • Any special requirements regarding logistics (e.g. poster stands, more than one projector), if applicable.

Please submit your workshop proposals by e-mail to the ECML PKDD workshop chairs (see contact information below). Proposals will be reviewed in close collaboration with the conference chairs and the program committee.


Important dates
The following deadlines are important for the workshop organizers:

Workshop proposal deadline  Monday, March 2, 2015 
Workshop acceptance notification    Monday, March 23, 2015 
Workshop websites and call for papers online  Friday, March 27, 2015 
Workshop proceedings (camera-ready)   Monday, August 3, 2015


For paper submission, reviewing and final revisions, please consider the following deadlines:

Workshop paper submission deadline  Monday, June 22, 2015
Workshop paper acceptance notification    Monday, July 13, 2015
Workshop paper camera-ready deadline    Monday July 27, 2015


These deadlines are somewhat flexible, but consider as constraints that the paper submission deadline should be after conference author notification and acceptance notification should be before the conference early registration deadline.


In case you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are looking forward to your proposals.


The ECML PKDD 2015 workshop chairs:

Stan Matwin (Dalhousie University)
Bernhard Pfahringer (University of Waikato)
Luis Torgo (University of Porto)


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